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Ghana Named As Top Seeds for 2017 Nations Cup draw, Could Face Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon

Ghana have been seeded for the 2017 Nations Cup draw, the Confederation of African Football has announced. The four-time champions will join Ivory Coast, Algeria and host-nation Gabon in pot 1 ahead of the draw in Libreville, Gabon on Wednesday.
This means the Black Stars will avoid playing reigning champions Ivory Coast  and the host-nation in the group phase of the competition.For the draw, host Gabon automatically goes to A1 and holders Cote d’Ivoire in C1.

A draw will done for Ghana and Algeria for the positions of either B1 or D1.Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso and DR Congo are in pot 2 with Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco and Egypt in pot 3.

Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Guines Bissau complete the cast in pot 4.

The final tournament will be held from 14 January to 5 February 2017 in the Gabonese cities of Libreville, Franceville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil.

Pot 1: Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria

Pot 2: Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, DR Congo

Pot 3: Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt


Viola Davis and Denzel Washington shine in stirring 'Fences' trailer

It's a little early to be making Oscar predictions, but if the first trailer for "Fences" is any indication, expect to see Viola Davis and Denzel Washington on some critics' lists. 
In the movie, an adaptation of August Wilson's play, the two actors reprise roles that won them Tony Awards in 2010. Washington plays Troy Maxson, a working class former baseball player who struggles to provide for his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Davis plays his wife Rose.

 In the trailer, viewers also meet the couple's young son (Jovan Adepo), who clashes with his father in a tense scene that kicks off the promo.

Washington also directs the film.

"Fences" hits theaters December 25.

Berla Mundi Foundation To Launch 2016 Event

The Berla Mundi foundation has announced that it would officially launch its activities for 2016 on the 30th September.

The launch which is scheduled to be held on-air on Live91.9 FM would serve as the opening of a process to raise funds for the foundation’s Christmas event which is scheduled for the 24th of December 2016.

The event dubbed “Christmas with Berla Mundi; The Borstal Edition” would be held at the Juvenile Correctional Centre in Osu.

The foundation seeks to amongst other things stock the facility with basic necessities to make life for the young people who live there worthwhile.

Award winning Radio and Television personality Berlinda Addardey popularly known as Berla Mundi has said the move is part of her efforts to make life meaningful for young people especially those who are deprived in her society.

Berla Mundi also disclosed that several activities including “Mall fundraising drives” would be held in the coming weeks at the various Shopping Malls in Accra with th…

Sam Allardyce: England manager leaves after one match in charge

Sam Allardyce has left his post as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association after one match and 67 days in charge.
It follows a newspaper investigation claiming he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.
Allardyce, 61, is also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East firm.

An FA statement said Allardyce's conduct "was inappropriate" and Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge.
"He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised," the FA said.
"This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. 
"The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times."
Allardyce succeeded Roy Hodgson in…

The Highest-Paid Comedians 2016: Kevin Hart Dethrones Jerry Seinfeld As Cash King Of Comedy With $87.5 Million Payday

Since 2006, Jerry Seinfeld has seemed the the insurmountable King of Comedy. His combined pretax earnings over the last 10 years top $900 million, and year after year he has claimed the top spot on our list of the world’s highest-paid comedians.
No longer: For the first time since FORBES started delving into the money of the funny business, someone other than Seinfeld has taken the title of the top-earning joker. Between June 2015 and June 2016, Kevin Hart made $87.5 million—over $30 million more than Seinfeld’s $43.5 million. That haul also earned Hart sixth place on the Celebrity 100, FORBES’ annual list of celebrity money-makers.

Combined, the world’s 10 highest-paid comedians made $233.5 million over our scoring period, prior to taxes and management fees. Their earnings came from touring, endorsements, films, DVD sales, TV specials and paid appearances. FORBES’ earnings estimates are based on data from Pollstar, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents…

The World's First 'Three-Parent Baby' Delivered By US Medical Team

The world's first child has been born using a revolutionary technique that combines the genes of three parents. Like all humans, five-month-old Abrahim Hassan carries DNA from both his parents. But he also has a tiny piece of genetic code from a donor.
It means he has avoided inheriting a genetic condition from his Jordanian mother, Ibtisam Shaban, that could kill him.  The controversial technique has only been legally approved in the UK.

However, the first baby was engineered by a US medical team who treated Shaban and her husband Mahmoud Hassan in Mexico, where there are no laws to block the procedure. And embryologists believe this birth should fast-forward progress around the world, offering hope to millions who face the prospect of delivering terminally ill children.

'This is a milestone technique,' Dr John Zhang, who led the medical team from New York City's New Hope Fertility Center, told Daily Mail Online. 'It proves for the first time that genet…

Oscars campaign inspires new Academy members

Actors including Marvel star Chadwick Boseman have said they were inspired to join the Academy because of the #OscarsSoWhite diversity campaign.
"I felt obligated to join," said Boseman, who plays superhero Black Panther in two upcoming Marvel films.

Rita Wilson said it was the right time to join because the Academy was "open to hearing what the issues were". 
The organisers of the Oscars intend to double the number of female and minority members by 2020.

'Be a voice'
The move follows complaints about the lack of ethnic diversity among this year's nominees. The Academy had been criticised over a lack of diversity amongst Oscar nominees, with no non-white nominees in the acting categories. 
Boseman, speaking at an Oscars event in the US, added: "After a certain number of years when... you feel like there are worthy films that should be nominated or presented, yeah, you have to join. 
"You have to be a voice."
Wilson, who recently appeare…

Beyonce and Bieber lead MTV EMA nominations

Beyonce and Justin Bieber are leading the charge ahead of this year's MTV European Music Awards with five nominations each. 
Rihanna, Adele, and Coldplay are close behind them who have four nods each.
 Beyonce is up for best US act, best video for Formation, best female, best look, and biggest fans - which we presume means the largest number, rather than the most obese.
Bieber has been named for best Canadian act, best song for Sorry, best male, best pop, and is also up against Bey for biggest fans.
Adele's up against both of them with best song for Hello and Beyonce for best female. 
The Best UK & Ireland act will see her duke it out with Coldplay, Little Mix, Zayn and Years & Yea
while YouTube star Leroy Sanchez has been commissioned to perform a medley of the best song nominees.

Source: BBC

'Godfather of gore' Herschell Gordon Lewis dies aged 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore", has died at the age of 87.
He directed films such as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome and Two Thousand Maniacs.
Gordon Lewis died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito confirmed.
The director pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.

Blood, violence and nudity usually featured heavily in his films - many of which he financed himself.
Other horror films directed by Gordon Lewis included A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, Colour Me Blood Red and Just for the Hell of It.
 'He changed cinema'
John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn are among the modern-day filmmakers who were inspired by his work. 
Gunn posted his condolences on Twitter, writing: "RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis, the creator of splatter films and the director of Blood F…

Rugby player, David Pocock, shares graphic image from his surgery

Australian rugby player, David Pocock shared this graphic image from a surgery he underwent to fix a broken arm. The picture shows Pocock's hand sliced open part way though his operation, a metal device having been inserted to join the broken bones together using screws, plates and wires. 

The moment future U.S First Gentle man Bill Clinton meets first lady Melanie Trump (photos)

Hilary Clinton's husband Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump's wife Melania arrived at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York to support their other halves on Tuesday morning. 
They shook hands in front of the debate stage before both presidential candidates 'tore into' each other on live television. Bill also shook the hands of Trump's children. 

More photos after the cut.

24 year old teaching assistant stand trial for sleeping with a 15yr old school girl, 14 times

A 24 year old teaching assistant Hamid Bhatti, allegedly slept with a 15 year old year ten pupil 14 times after grooming her while on a work placement at her school, a court heard on Monday.
According to the court hearing, Bhatti was caught having a fling with the then 15-year-old schoolgirl after her mother found his love note saying, “You were amazing last night as always”.
The girl, had developed a “crush” on him and thought he was “good looking” after seeing him in an art lesson before he lavished her with love notes and jewellery before having sex with her on his bedroom floor while her her teenage friend slept in his bed, prosecutors claim
Bhatti who has a thick black beard and long hair also told her he loved her and gave her a necklace, money and a cushion with ‘I love you’ written on it, the court heard. He's been charged with five counts of sexual activity with a child at least 14 times between May 2014 and February 2015, but he denies all the charges. He's al…

VIDEO: Nana Konadu 'Steals' The Show At African Legends Night 2016

Former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings 'stole' the show inside the Banquet Hall at the Statehouse in Accra over the weekend.
Even though the ever affable and fashionable Nana Konadu didn't mount the stage she gained the admiration of patrons of the African Legends Night 2016 last Saturday September,24 as she took to the dance floor.
Nana Kondau who is the 2016 flag bearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP) hoping to be the first female President of Ghana, danced to authentic live Highlife tunes from the repertoire of Higlife legend Nana Tuffour aka 9924.

Her swift dance moves got the crowd applauding during Nana Tuffour's performance and even though she is a known passionate lover of Highlife music and this is not the first time sexy Nana Konadu danced at a high profile event, this was a performance on its own.

Checkout Nana Konadu on the dance floor:

TMZ claims separate baby showers were in the works for Rob K & Blac Chyna, but he had no idea!

TMZ has shared a new update on the drama between Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna and the Kardashian sisters. For starters, Rob had publicly shared his younger sister Kylie's phone number in revenge against his family for allegedly planning a baby shower without inviting his pregnant fiancee.

This was reportedly a case of misinformation, as Rob had no idea about what was actually going on. Read below...

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seriously on the outs, and Kylie Jenner got caught in the cross fire when she planned a baby shower for Rob sans Chyna ... TMZ has learned. 
Sources close to the Kardashians tell us Rob got pissed at his sisters Monday -- especially Kylie -- for what he considered a slap in the face ... the Chyna-free shower they were throwing. We're told the sisters only planned separate his and hers showers because Rob and Chyna haven't been speaking for months.

They briefly reunited for a dinner the night before their reality show premiered, but other t…

Video: Blows again as five rounds of voting in KMA election ends in deadlock

The long running bid to elect a Presiding Member for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Tuesday degenerated into confusion again after a fight broke out between Assembly members.
Blows were exchanged for a second time as five rounds of voting ended in deadlock.
Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor who was at the venue reported that, the scuffle began when one Yakubu Tony Aidoo, National Democratic Congress (NDC) constituency Secretary for Asawase accused the assembly members of corruption.

According to him, the Asawase NDC secretary is to blame for the delay in electing a Presiding Member. His comment angered an assembly member from Ayigya who according to reports, gave Yakubu some dirty slaps.
But for the intervention of some assembly members, Erastus said the scuffle between the two would have turned bloody.
Watch video The scuffle however happened at the blindside of the Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon who is having a meeting with the assembly members prior to the election.  The two…

Meet the 15-year-old girl working as prostitute to fund her education

A 15-year old girl who dreams of becoming a Bank Manageress in future has resorted to prostitution to fund her education.
The junior high school leaver told Joy News she chose to engage in prostitution because her parents could not afford to pay her school fees.
"My mother is at home she is not working but my father travel to so many places and I haven't found him since...that is why I am working as a prostitute," she told Joy News.

She said she dropped out of school about a year and half ago and started working as a prostitute a month ago.
According to her, she makes daily sales of between GhȻ120- GhȻ130 out of which she saves an amount of GhȻ50 daily to fund her education.
Living at the Kokomba slum near the Makola market, she dresses up every night and goes to work at a brothel and closes at dawn sometimes.
She, however, noted that she would quit the prostitution when she makes enough money to fund her secondary education.

Floyd Mayweather reflects on his successful career as he shares pics of his luxury home

The Money Man took to Instagram to share a pic of himself surveying his empire as he relaxed in the shade.  He wrote:  ‘At one of my private estates; sitting back, thinking how it's one thing to get there and make it, but the question is... can you maintain it? I had my first fight in 1987 and my professional career started in 1996. I retired before 40 and I'm not even 40.’-  More photos after the cut.

Man. City coach Pep Guardiola covers GQ magazine (photos)

The fashionable Manchester City manager, covers the Spanish edition of GQ magazine and he's every bit as stylish as any fashionista. 

More photos 

Kate Middleton steps out in dazzling £1,000 Preen dress (photos)

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton wore a £1,000 Thornton Bregazzi red dress as she attended a reception for political and civic leaders in British Columbia alongside her husband, the Duke of Cambridge on Monday night.
She looked all shades of beautiful as she and Prince William later mingled with 200 guests in the ballroom of the grand house. More photos after the cut.

Fifa: Man City's Yaya Toure criticises scrapping anti-racism taskforce

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says players and fans may "suffer" as a result of a Fifa's decision to disband its anti-racism taskforce.
Toure, 33, was part of the taskforce set up in 2013 to help tackle racism.
Fifa secretary general Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said it "had a specific mandate, which it has fully fulfilled".

Toure, who was racially abused by CSKA Moscow fans in October 2013, said: "Are Fifa being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia?"
The former Ivory Coast international added: "It will be the fans and players that suffer if Fifa do not get this right.
"When I received the letter telling me the Fifa taskforce was to be discontinued I was very disappointed.
"The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the taskforce's advice and recommendations.
"So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades, why stop when something is beginning to work?"

'I'll release tax records when Hillary releases 33,000 deleted emails' - All the major talking points of the U.S Presidential debate

So on Tuesday morning (Nigerian time), U.S presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took to the stage to have the first presidential debate ahead of the November 2016 elections.
Donald Trump did well in the first 20 minutes while Hillary had the upper hand during the closing stages of the debate. A lot of political analysts believe Hillary defeated Trump overall during the debate with the way she tackled some important issues looking more prepared and assured during the debate.
See the major talking points after the cut. Asked about a remark he made that Mrs. Clinton lacked a presidential “look,” Mr. Trump repeated the claim saying  “she doesn’t have the stamina.”

Mrs. Clinton replied him saying 'Mr. Trump can talk to me about stamina when he accomplishes as much. “He tried to change from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,”

“Donald supported the invasion of Iraq,” she said. “That is absolutely proved over and over…

Herman Echevarria Sr. Dies: ‘Real Housewives Of Miami’ Husband Was 61

Herman Echevarria Sr., the 61-year-old estranged husband of Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria who himself was featured in the Bravo reality series, was found dead in a Miami hotel room today. The death, thought to be due to a heart attack, was first reported by the Miami Herald, and is under investigation by the Miami police department.
Echevarria, the cofounder of Miami’s Spanish-language Venue magazine, was a Cuban exile and Miami-area politico who, according to the Herald, played a significant role in Hialeah’s successful negotiations with Miami on an arena deal to keep the Miami Heat in Miami for 30 years.

He was more familiar, though, to Real Housewives fans as the husband of Real Housewife Alexia Echevarria, who issued a statement today on Instagram. “He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who’s life he touched.” The couple separated last year after 15 years of marr…

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Split After 11 Years Together

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together, PEOPLE confirms.
"Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," Schreiber and Watts said in a joint statement to PEOPLE.

"It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy," the statement continued.

The two are parents to Alexander (Sasha) Pete Schreiber, 8, and Samuel Kai Schreiber, 7.

Watts, 47, and Schreiber, 48, met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume ball in 2005 and immediately hit it off.
"We spoke on the phone for several weeks and emailed," said Watts, who had to return to Los Angeles at the time. "And then I made up some excuse…